Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Denise Crosby, Greg Travis, Price Carson, Dan Byrd, Alexandra Adi,
Courtney Peldon, Bug Hall, Michael Shamus Wiles, Lee Garlington , Adam
Gierasch, Christy Johnson.
Story: A family moves to a small town in California where they plan on starting
a new life while running a long-abandoned funeral home. The locals fear the
place, which is suspected to be on haunted ground.
Have you ever watched a movie where it's good most of the way, like you get
into the characters and you enjoy the plot even though it's nothing new. Then
you see the ending and it just completely ruins everything? The film that I am
currently reviewing just so happens to be one of them. I'm not sure who is to
blame, it could be the guys who wrote the film. But then again it is the
directors part to run the show. I love Tobe Hooper and I enjoyed the films that
he's done in the past (how could you not) but it seems like his projects are
getting worst with time. Well I actually did find the Toolbox Murders remake to
be pretty cool. But Mortuary is another story and I can't talk about this film
without thinking of how it ended. Mortuary tells the story of a family who begin
a brand new life and move into a new house. They end up staying in an old
funeral home where there is nothing close by except for graves and a mystery
that goes along with the house itself. As the family gets settled, one of the
main characters learns of a local legend about a man who isn't quite dead.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie so by reading the actual plot I
figured it would either be about ghosts or zombies. Surprisingly enough it isn't
much of either. I could explain it more but I'm afraid that I would ruin it for
those of you who haven't seen this film and plan to in the near future. Honestly
I wouldn't recommend it anyway, I thought it was decent up until the last 15
minutes. What the film did feature was a good cast of actors which had really
enjoyable character roles. What kept my attention through most of the film
were the relationships between the characters. You get comfortable with the
family and you get introduced to some rude and obnoxious teenagers who end
up getting what they deserve later. That's all you should really expect, just
watch it for what it promises. Watch it to see a bunch of kids getting killed by
pissed off cemetery residents.
What the film also features is a pretty good story. If you were to read the plot
and view the pictures before seeing the movie you would figure it could run like
a zombie film. The only thing about that is I really wouldn't call it a zombie film.
Even though the last half of the movie sort of plays out like Night of the
Creeps. It's not original but I thought it played out nicely for what it had story
and character wise. Nothing big really happens until about 3/4 into the film
where you start to see characters changing into these creatures with zombie
like qualities. Infecting others around them with fluids that come straight from
the mouth, and no that's not meant to be a sex joke. Mortuary has a familiar
and good concept but the way it's played out isn't too impressive. The acting
and most of the visual effects take away substance to what could have been
some great segments in the movie. Not to mention it just gets silly after a while.
As I mentioned earlier in my review the thing that really ruined it for me was the
fact that things start to change and take a turn. When you finally meet the
main villain in the movie you'd figure things would be hell from then on out.
Sadly it runs the exact opposite and it doesn't feel right at all. It's painful to
see that small unrewarding concept, especially if it's a horror film. Perhaps there
was something I missed or just didn't understand, but I thought the last 15
minutes of the movie didn't fit well at all. Just when I thought that was bad the
films ending is just horrible. It's safe for me to say that I was in a really bad
mood when the movie finished. Watching Mortuary was just a waste of my
time. The last scene in the film just ruins everything and it's a complete mess.
Why build up such a story in the first place? After it was all over nothing
seemed to make sense.
Genres: Horror, Mystery,
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Platinum Disc
Online since: February 20th, 2006
Review done by: Nightmare Child